Financial Times ranks Auburn among world’s leading Executive MBA programs

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Executive MBA program in the College of Business is ranked 84th in the 2009 Financial Times global ranking of the world’s best Executive MBA programs.

Auburn is ranked 40th among programs in the United States and is one of only two Southeastern Conference schools ranked this year. In the nine years Financial Times has ranked Executive MBA programs, this is the first year Auburn has been eligible for ranking. The University of Tennessee’s program is ranked 93rd overall and 46th among programs in the United States.

The ranking is based on surveys completed by Executive MBA alumni and from information provided by the business school. The surveys evaluated 16 criteria in three areas including alumni career progression, diversity and international reach and research productivity of the faculty.

“This ranking is a tribute to both the faculty and staff who have worked to build this program and to the accomplishments of our alumni,” said Paul Bobrowski, dean of the College of Business. “It is a pleasure to see our program receive international recognition at this level.”

“We have worked hard to build a program that is self-sustaining, does a great job of educating our students and enhances the reputation of Auburn University,” said Dan Gropper, associate dean and executive director of MBA programs.

The College of Business at Auburn University is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Less than one-third of. business schools in the United States and only 15 percent of business schools worldwide meet the standards of AACSB International accreditation. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

(Contributed by Dina Kanellos Roberts.)

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